Three truths have hit me in the last 3 weeks. Truths that I’ve always known but that have truly anchored themselves in my of recent times due to three separate experiences. These three truths are going to change the way I run The Whole Daily, support you as my reader, support my family, and how I support my future clients.
The prescription you want written FOR you, starts with a commitment you need to make with yourself.
Two weeks ago, I sat in front of real patients in my first nutritional medicine clinic training. I spent 50 hours in a single week in the nutrition and naturopathy clinic that the AIAS manages in Melbourne city. I heard case study after case study from real individuals who were asking to health support. Looking for diagnoses and nutrient prescriptions. This is where my first truth hit hard.
In every single instance the information gathered direct from the patient or case study about the current state of their wellness and life included the words, ‘stressed, busy, anxious or fatigued’.
Now, a nutritionist can indeed – with the support of the patient – order or conduct tests (stool, blood, urine, etc) and can diagnose a condition or depletion of a nutrient that needs to be added back into the body. However, in all of the recommendations or prescriptions to these cases of course, lifestyle changes sat right at the top of the list.
Because the most healthy and longterm fix for ‘busy, anxious, stressed or fatigued’ doesn’t come from a pill bottle. It comes from making a choice and a commitment from the patient to say ‘I choose me‘. I choose my health’.
The patients then need to make adjustments in their lives that support this commitment. Adjustments like saying ‘No’ to more things (so they can say ‘yes’ to them). Like having a discussion with their Manager that they would no longer be online working in the evenings. Like stepping away from their desk at lunchtime, walking outside and breathing in fresh air. Like brewing a tea and drinking it slowly while they read a favourite fiction genre. Like creating boundaries with their children (yes this is possible!) so that they have 15 minutes to themselves during a designated time of day to do something that makes them feel good.
Nutrient supplements and nourishing eating and then longer term healing protocols can and will be used in conjunction with this personal commitment and is extremely beneficial. However it’s the truth that we need to make a more solid commitment to changing our lives by creating conscious thought to our intentional wellbeing practices. Truth.
Functional Medicine can heal disease (and dis-ease).
I flew to Sydney last week for the Mindd Foundation International Forum.
Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic,Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Their focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections.
I sat in a room of mostly mothers who have kids with some or multiple of these conditions above. I sat next to a woman who, when we got to talking, said to me (paraphrasing): ‘I used to be a lawyer in high-heels and suits who was considered to be the best partner in my firm. I travelled to NY on business once a quarter. Now, I have a 4 year old son with autism. I stopped everything… everything… to try to find out how to help him live a better life. That’s why I’m here. Last year I took what I learned at Mindd home with me and we now have a different son. He is so much better than he was. This information saved our lives and he continues to improve’.
I heard from integrative nutritionists, MD’s, psychiatrists, medical scientists, herbal medicine practitioners, chiropractors and so many more qualified professionals in the health industry and every one of them spoke about the benefits of a clean, anti-inflammatory diet, an intentional lifestyle and holistic medical approaches (while ‘yes’ still many incorporating ‘western’ medicine as needed, in conjunction with functional medicine from foods and plants – such as broths, essential oils, meditation and mindset.)
True Health is a WHOLE approach. This way of approaching health supports or HEALS disease. Truth.
There is nothing harder than helping someone you love that isn’t ready yet. (But you will do everything you can to break-through). Someone close to me struggling with 40 years under her belt of Rheumatoid arthritis. Her gut is damaged from years of inflammatory foods and damaging, strong medications. But worse of all, her mindset is stuck in feelings of failure. There is an inner critic who is ruling the show and has done for over 50 years.
The truth is that you can engage with a practitioner, like myself or another integrative GP, nutritionist or naturopath and they can give you tools to dramatically change your health by recommending a healing functional food and medicine protocol… but they can’t take you ALL the way.
You have to be ready to meet them a part of the way.
Which means all of these three truths are really entwined.
I’m looking forward to working with you into the future on a healing protocol that will help you thrive.
Commitment, mindset, intention, action.
Are you ready to take responsibility?